Winter - On the Slopes & Trails
With an average snowfall up to 16 feet in some regions of the province, it's no surprise we find ways to make winter fun. Start your winter adventure in Deer Lake on the west coast of the island, and head over to Marble Mountain. Take a day to visit Gros Morne National Park for amazing trails and scenery. Add another day and point the car towards Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander. Central Newfoundland is an amazing spot for winter fun.
Day 1 - Take to the Slopes
Arrive at Deer Lake Airport and drive west about 20 minutes to Marble Mountain, just outside Corner Brook. Once you're settled in, hit the slopes. Ski or board, it's up to you, and you can rent gear if you need it. More than 30 runs - some of the best snow east of Montreal.
If you want to try something new, there's great ziplining nearby. Feel the rush of zip-zagging on a line 300 feet high and 1,000 feet long at up to 80 kilometres per hour. Or try out the high rope challenge course.
Whatever your day holds, take the evening to relax at the lodge, and enjoy refreshments while telling stories of your adventure.
Day 2 - Wide Open White
Time to give the old legs a rest and let your snowmobile do the work. Hop aboard and ride into the wilderness along trails your leader knows well - even if he's the only one who can see them. Some are groomed, some aren't. As you leave the valley and climb into the hills - really, they're low mountains - you'll have the chance to appreciate some awesome sightseeing. Keep an eye out for wildlife big and small, anything from a snowshoe hare to a moose or an owl. Switch off, relax, and listen to the quiet, or enjoy a winter boil-up. Then head back down another trail to civilization.
Day 3 - Trails of Gros Morne
Change of pace today. Gros Morne National Park is open year-round, and has several groomed and non-groomed cross-country ski trails, including night skiing. There are groomed trails near the Rocky Harbour visitor centre, in Cow Head to the north, and trails at Trout River Pond in the southern part of the park. Some tour operators offer snowshoe rentals and tours.
Day 4 - Riding in Central
Central Newfoundland has excellent long-season snowmobiling. The T'Railway is a popular track that connects towns in the region, and there is amazing trail riding throughout the area. Try out the runs to Mount Peyton and Hodges Hill, or to the Gaff Topsails - infamous for snow so high the train got stuck. Check the calendar of events to see when winter festivals take place - they are a great way to meet others who really love this time of year.